In Other Worlds...: Home
For the Summer: Time on Our Hands
May 20: The Forever War
by Joe Haldeman
June 17: The Man Who Folded Himself
by David Gerrold
July 15: Here and Now and Then
by Mike Chen
Aug. 19: The Big Time
by Fritz Leiber
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About In Other Worlds
is a speculative fiction book group that meets once a month to discuss a pre-chosen novel. Speculative fiction is the overarching genre the encapsulates science fiction, fantasy, horror, and any blending of the three. We are open to the public and encourage new members to stop in at any meeting.
Meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.
The group is led by librarian Karen Ostertag. If you have any questions please call 634-4997 x128 or e-mail kostertag (at) newcitylibrary.org.
More about... The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
- The Forever War byISBN: 9781497695450Publication Date: 1974-12-01Hugo Award for Best Novel (1976), Nebula Award for Best Novel (1975), Locus Award for Best Novel (1976), Ditmar Award for Best International Long Fiction (1976), NPR Top 100 SF, Fantasy Books (2011), Locus Online Best SF Novels of the 20th Century #13 (2012)
The monumental Hugo and Nebula award winning SF classic.
The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand-- despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very, VERY far away.
A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home.
But his greatest test will be when he returns home. Relativity means that, for every few months' tour of duty, centuries have passed on Earth, isolating the combatants ever more from the world for whose future they are fighting....
More about... The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold
- The Man Who Folded Himself (21c. ed) byISBN: 9781932100044Publication Date: 2003-06-10 (orig. 1973-07-01)Hugo Award nominee for Best Novel (1974), Nebula Award nominee for Novel (1973), Locus Award Nominee for Best SF Novel (1974), Skylark Award (1979)
This classic work of science fiction is widely considered to be the ultimate time-travel novel, and giving an entirely new spin to the adage "know thyself."
When Daniel Eakins inherits a time machine, he soon realizes that he has enormous power to shape the course of history. He can foil terrorists, prevent assassinations, or just make some fast money at the racetrack. And if he doesn't like the results of the change, he can simply go back in time and talk himself out of making it!
But Dan soon finds that there are limits to his powers and forces beyond his control.
Note, this is the 30th Anniversary "21st Century edition," which has been lightly revised and updated to include major events that occurred after the original publication.
More about... Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
- Here and Now and Then byISBN: 9780778369042Publication Date: 2019-01-29e-audio from Hoopla
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Science Fiction (2019)
To save his daughter, he'll go anywhere—and any-when…
Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in IT, trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career…as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.
Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler’s brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives—eighteen years too late.
Their mission: return Kin to 2142, where he’s only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can’t remember.
Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter’s very existence is at risk. It’ll take one final trip across time to save Miranda—even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process.
A uniquely emotional genre-bending debut, Here and Now and Then captures the perfect balance of heart, playfulness, and imagination, offering an intimate glimpse into the crevices of a father’s heart and its capacity to stretch across both space and time to protect the people that mean the most.
More about... The Big Time by Fritz Leiber
- The Big Time byISBN: 9781497612846Publication Date: 1958-03-01Hugo Award for Best Novel (1958), BSFA Award nominee for 50th Anniversary Award Best Novel of 1958 (2007), Library of America selected title (2019), Gandalf Award (1975), World Fantasy Award Lifetime Achievement (1976), SFWA Grand Master Award (1981), Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award (1987), Science Fiction Hall of Fame Posthumous Inductee (2001)
Fritz Leiber (1910-1992) may be best known as a fantasy writer, but he published widely and successfully in the horror and science fiction fields as well.
One of his major SF creations is the Change War, a series of stories and short novels about rival time-traveling forces locked in a bitter, ages-long struggle for control of the human universe where battles alter history and then change it again until there’s no certainty about what might once have happened.
The most notable work of the series is the Hugo Award-winning novel The Big Time, in which doctors, entertainers, and wounded soldiers find themselves treacherously trapped with an activated atomic bomb inside the Place, a room existing outside of space-time. Leiber creates a tense, claustrophobic SF mystery, and a brilliant, unique locked-room whodunit.